Banana and Almond Butter Smoothie with Cacao Nibs

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Banana and Almond Butter Smoothie with Cacao Nibs

Do you have one of those people at your house? You know the kind. The kind of people, that if the banana has a spot or two (or twenty) on it, it suddenly becomes inedible. Yeah, those people. Poor banana, it didn’t do anything to deserve such disrespect.

spotty banana

Unloved and unwanted

I say we respect the spotty banana! It’s just now coming into it’s full flavor! It’s just perfect for banana breads and muffins. It’s even better to just slice up and freeze. Use those frozen chunks of yummy banana for a fast, healthy, ice cream substitute after a quick trip in the food processor, or better yet, use them for this smoothie! We love you , spotty banana! So, take that banana and peel it.

peel the nana

peel the nana

Slice it up, put it on a plate and freeze it.

frozen banana

frozen banana

Now, we’re ready to make this awesome, decadent, smoothie.

cacao nib smnoothie

Banana and Almond Butter Smoothie with Cacao Nibs

Cacao nibs. Let’s talk about them, ok? You heard on some Doctor’s show, that these are a super food! A power house of nutrition! Rush right out and buy some! I know I did. Then, I popped a handful into my mouth and discovered that these suckers are quite bitter. I guess you could get used to eating them, but I’d rather add them to some that already tastes good, so I can make it taste awesome! That, right there, is this, oh so, good smoothie. This is what I have almost every day for breakfast. It fills me up, and keeps me going until lunch, or later. It fills me up without making me feel full. You know what I mean? You get none of that bloat, that you get from whatever breakfast sandwich you gobble down. And, if you already have frozen bananas in the freezer, tucked away in a zip top baggie, this smoothie takes scant minutes to make. Take it on the road. The ultimate fast food!

smoothie stuff

The fixings

You’ll need half a frozen banana, some silken tofu, unsweetened vanilla almond milk – or milk of your choice – cacao nibs, almond butter and a couple of ice cubes.

Measure out 1/2 cup of vanilla almond milk, 1/4 cup of silken tofu, 2 tablespoons of cacao nibs, and 1 1/2  tablespoons of almond butter.

measure out the ingredients

measure out the ingredients

Get out your blender. Drop 5 ice cubes and 4 to 6 one inch slices of frozen banana into it.

add the ice and bananas in

add the ice and bananas in

Then, add in the rest of the ingredients.

add the rest into the blender

add the rest into the blender

Then, cap that blender up and flip the switch!

Blenderization!

Blenderization!

Blend it until it’s as smooth as you like it. I wait until I no longer hear the ice cubes banging around. If it’s too thick, thin it out with a bit of water. Then pour it into a glass and enjoy. Easy-peasy!

Chocolate, nutty, banana awesomeness!

Chocolate, nutty, banana awesomeness!

Banana and Almond Butter Smoothie with Cacao Nibs
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Recipe type: Drinks
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Serves: 16 ounces
 
A decadent, protein filled smoothie to start your day. Or, for anytime!
Ingredients
  • 5 ice cubes, or as much as needed
  • ½ peeled banana, sliced and frozen
  • ¼ cup silken tofu
  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or equivalent milk substitute.
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons Almond butter
  • 2 Tablespoons cacao nibs
  • Water, as needed to thin smoothie
Instructions
  1. Place 5 ice cubes in the bottom of your blender, along with the frozen banana slices.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Serve immediately. Garnish with additional cacao nibs and a sprig of fresh mint, if desired.

This tastes like, like – a nutty, chocolaty, nana milkshake. Like something that you shouldn’t have because it’s sooo good! Except! There’s nothing bad in here. Nope, nada. It’s all good for you. So, be good to yourself and have this. Trust me, you’ll love it! You don’t even have to have it for breakfast. This is an excellent, energizer for lunch.

You should have this smoothie!

You Should Have This Smoothie

You Should Have This Smoothie

Really. You should have this smoothie. Coincidentally, that happens to be the name I gave it. It’s just that good. Sometimes, you want something a little spicy. Something that will make a sweat bead on your forehead. Not something that will give you the hiccups. No, not that spicy. Unless, you like it that way, then, break out the habaneros. I’ll just stick to this. It has enough of a kick from the spicy tomato juice and the horseradish for me.

Let’s get started –

smoothie stuff

Smoothie ingredients

You’ll need one cup of prepared spicy tomato juice. I used this kind. I use the already made stuff, because it has it’s flavors concentrated and you won’t dilute it by adding in the other goodies. You’ll also need one green onion, two stalks of celery, two tablespoons of prepared horseradish, one tablespoon of lemon juice (excuse the plastic kind, I was out of the real kind) and one cup of ice.

chopped veggies

give the veg a rough chop

Go ahead and give the veggies a rough chop. They just fit into the blender better. Measure out the lemon juice and horseradish.

vitamix full

Load the blender

Start with the ice and then add all the rest of the ingredients to the blender. Secure the lid and start blending.

blending

A swirly.

Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish with a stalk of celery and a sprinkle of pepper. If you have a little vodka, splash some of it in there, too. If you are so inclined. This makes an excellent adult beverage.

smoothie

You Should Have This Smoothie!

You should have this smoothie!
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Recipe type: beverage
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Serves: 2
 
A vitamin A and C packed, spicy, tomato smoothie, loaded with lycopene.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup prepared spicy tomato juice
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 green onion
  • 2 Tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup ice
Instructions
  1. Core the tomato and coarsely chop. Cut the celery and green onion into one inch pieces. Starting with the ice, add all the ingredients to the blender
  2. Blend until pureed and smooth.
  3. Serve immediately. Garnish with a sprinkle of pepper and stalk of celery, if desired.

 

Carrot Apple & Ginger Smoothie

Carrot Apple and Ginger Smoothie

Carrot Apple and Ginger Smoothie

Today’s color is orange. Orange, as in carrots. These gems are packed with Vitamin A, providing you with over 400% of your daily requirements. Did you know, that if you ate too many carrots, you would turn orange? Must be true, the internets don’t lie. Lesson to be learned – don’t over do the carrots!

Here we go –

smoothie

Beware the carrots!

Start with 2 whole carrots, about 7 inches long, 1 whole apple, a couple chunks of crystallized ginger, 1 cup of ice and 1/2 cup of water.

chop carrots

rough chop the ingredients

Trim the ends off the carrots and cut them into 1 inch chunks. Core the apple and cut into wedges. This is a very handy apple corer. Cut the crystallized ginger into smaller pieces, too. I used this instead of fresh, because, I rarely have fresh ginger. I planted some, so, I’ll have some in a couple of months. But, I couldn’t wait. Use what you have!

smoothie blender

Load the blender

Starting with the ice, add the water, carrots, apple and crystallized ginger to the blender.

blending carrots

blendy, blendy

Secure the lid and push power. The carrots will cause the blender to chug a little, so you may have to use a tamper to push the ingredients down. If it’s just too think – and it all depends on the size of your carrots – add some more water. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses, sprinkle a little cinnamon or nutmeg on top and enjoy!

Carrot Apple and Ginger Smoothie

Carrot Apple and Ginger Smoothie

Carrot Apple & Ginger Smoothie
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Recipe type: beverage
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Serves: 2
 
A fiber packed smoothie, super high in Vitamins A and flavored with the spiciness of ginger.
Ingredients
  • 2 carrots – 6 to 8 inches long
  • 1 medium apple
  • 2 Tablespoons of crystallized ginger
  • 1 cup ice
  • ½ cup water, more if necessary
Instructions
  1. Wash the carrots and remove the stem ends. Cut the carrots into 1 inch chunks. Core the apple and cut into wedges. Cut the crystallized ginger into smaller pieces.
  2. To the blender, add the water, ice, carrots, apples and crystallized ginger and process until pureed and smooth. If smoothie is too thick, thin with more water until it's your desired consistency.
  3. Serve immediately. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg, if desired.
smoothie carrot

sprinkle on some nutmeg

 

Kiwi Melon Smoothie

Kiwi Melon Smoothie

Kiwi Melon Smoothie

Today’s smoothie features melon, kiwis and the often overlooked wheat germ. I often use the more popular flax, chia or sprouted things. But, back in the corner of my fridge sets the underappreciated wheat germ. I used to always throw a scoop into my oatmeal or any baked goods that I made. Neat way to slip in more fiber. Then, I started grinding my own grains and forgot about the jar of wheat germ. After I apologized to it, I promised to use it more often. Like in smoothies! And, here’s one of those.

kiwi melon smoothie ingred

Wheat germ!

Your list of ingredients- 2 cups of melon chunks, 2 kiwis, 3/4 cup of greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons of wheat germ, the juice of half a lime and 1 cup of ice.

Peel and chop the kiwi and measure out the rest of the ingredients.

chopped kiwi

All nice and neat.

Starting with the ice, add it all to the blender and squeeze the lime juice in.

kiwi melon in blender

smoothie stack

Next, close it up and hit the power button. Blend until it reaches your desired smoothness.

kiwi melon smoothie in blender

It’s not easy being green.

Pour it out into a pretty glass and enjoy. I got these at my local thrift store for cheap! I love them. Anyway, this kiwi melon smoothie is a great source of vitamins A, K, Folate and Manganese, plus all the magic that the wheat germ brings!

Kiwi Melon Smoothie

Artistic interpretation

Kiwi Melon Smoothie
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Recipe type: beverage
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Serves: 2
 
A refreshing smoothie, high in Vitamins A, K, Folate, Manganese and nutrient-rich Wheat Germ.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups melon chunks – I used a honeydew.
  • 2 kiwis - peeled and chopped
  • ¾ cup of greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons wheat germ
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 cup ice
Instructions
  1. Blend melon, kiwi, greek yogurt, wheat germ, lime juice and ice in a blender until pureed and smooth.
  2. Serve immediately. Garnish with a lime slice, if desired.

 

Smooth Move Smoothie

Smooth Move Smoothie

The Smooth Move Smoothie

Let’s face it, sometimes you just need to do a cleanse. Clean out the system and flush the toxins that accumulate in our bodies. This little, green, cleaning machine will do just that. It ain’t pretty but it works. It tastes good, too. The blueberries add in just the right amount of sweetness. The spinach and cucumber add the fiber. The fiber is what we’re after and this packs it in. Let’s get started, shall we?

You need one packed cup of washed baby spinach, one 5 to 6 inch cucumber, 1/2 cup of blueberries, 2 tablespoons of fresh mint, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, one cup of ice and water for thinning it out. And a blender, you’ll need a blender.

smoothie ingredients

the ingredients

Remove the stem ends of the cucumber and chop it up. Leave the peel on for that extra fiber. Unless it’s waxed. If waxed, peel it.

chopped cuke

I hate waxed produce.

Pile it all in the blender, starting with the ice. You want the ice on the bottom because that’s where the blades are. This way, it grinds the ice and forces it up through the blender, letting the softer, more easily blended stuff fall down. If you packed the spinach on the bottom, it would most likely clog up, making you tamp the rest down to blend. Got it? Good.

smoothie stuff

Ice in the bottom.

Now hit the power button. You remembered to secure the lid first, didn’t you? Nobody wants to scrape spinach off the ceiling. If the smoothie seems too thick, thin it with some more water.

Spinach smoothie

Your colon will thank you.

Bam! You’re done. Pour it into a glass, add a slice of cucumber, sprig of mint and a couple of berries. Pretty it up some. This is your friend. It will do nice things for you.

Enjoy!

Smooth Move Smoothie

Smooth Move Smoothie

Smooth Move Smoothie
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Recipe type: beverage
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Serves: 2
 
A fiber packed smoothie, high in Vitamins A, K, folate and nutritious chia seeds. This smoothie will get you moving.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup baby spinach - packed
  • 1 medium cucumber, stems removed and chopped
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 2 Tablespoons of fresh mint
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup ice
  • ½ cup water, more if necessary
Instructions
  1. Blend chia seeds, blueberries, mint, cucumber, baby spinach, water and ice in a blender until pureed and smooth. If smoothie is too thick, thin with more water until it's your desired consistency.
  2. Serve immediately. Garnish with a cucumber slice, mint sprig and additional berries, if desired.

 

Triple Berry Chia Smoothie

Triple Berry Chia Smoothie

Triple Berry Chia Smoothie

This smoothie is berry good for you! (see what I did there?) It’s got vitamin A for healthy vision, vitamin C, for healthy everythings and vitamin K, for healthy bones and blood. By the way – here’s a little health tip for you. If you are prone to bruising or one of your kids is playing sports and getting banged up – go to the health store and buy a container of Vitamin K cream. This stuff is remarkable in lessening the duration and pain of bruising. Now, back to this very delicious smoothie!

The ingredients:

Triple berry indregients

Use organics when possible.

You’ll need 1 cup of strawberries, stemmed and quartered, 1/2 cup each of blueberries & raspberries. 1 Tablespoon of ground flaxseeds. Use the ground kind, because they are easier to digest. 1 teaspoon of chia seeds. And, finally, 1 cup of ice.

3 berry chia smoothie

Soon, my pretties, soon.

Starting with the ice first, dump all the ingredients into the blender.

smoothie with berries and chia

It’s blending time.

Snap on the lid and power it up.

smoothie with berries and chia

Little specks of blueberries & chia seeds.

Pour it into a nice glass, garnish with a big strawberry and drink a toast to your health!

3 berry chia smoothie

Sláinte!

 

Triple Berry Chia Smoothie
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Recipe type: Beverage
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Serves: 2
 
A berry filled smoothie packed with Vitamins A, C, K, Manganese, and all the nutrition of flax and chia seeds
Ingredients
  • 1 cup strawberries- stems removed and quartered
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ½ cup raspberries
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseeds
  • 1 cup ice
Instructions
  1. Blend chia seeds, ground flaxseeds, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and ice in a blender until pureed and smooth.
  2. Serve immediately. Garnish with additional berries, if desired.

 

Strawberry watermelon chia smoothie

Summer time means that your market is bursting with all manner of fresh fruit. Sometimes it can be hard to eat the recommended 2 to 4 servings of fruit and the 3 to 5 servings of vegetables we’re supposed to, each and every day. A serving is usually 1 cup full or in the case of leafy greens – 2 full cups. That’s a lot of chewing! Smoothies are the answer to our dilemma. You can maximize your use of fresh fruits and veggies while available AND get in those servings that you need. Also, since this smoothie is under 150 calories, you can feel good drinking it.

Strawberry watermelon chia smoothie

Pretty smooth.

Now, for the short version of smoothie making. What you need –

Strawberry watermelon chia smoothie ingredients

2 full servings of fruit!

You need 1 cup of strawberries, cut off the stems and slice into quarters. Or just chunk them in the blender whole. I won’t tell. Working on the red fruit theme, 1 cup of cubed, seedless watermelon is necessary. Add in 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds – I used golden flaxseeds, and 1 teaspoon of chia seeds. Yes, those chia seeds. The chia seeds of the Chia Pets fame. Cha-cha-chia! Oh, you know you said it, too! Turns out, these little things are good for you.                                                                                  The info from this website -“Chia seeds are rich in polyunsaturated fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds’ lipid profile is composed of 60 percent omega-3s, making them one of the richest plant-based sources of these fatty acids — specifically, of alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA. The omega-3s in chia seeds can help reduce inflammation, enhance cognitive performance and reduce high cholesterol.”  So, eat up!

Strawberry melon chia smoothie

Coming right up!

Into your blender, start with 1 cup of ice. Then, dump the rest of the ingredients in. Secure the lid in place and push the power button. Watch the pretty swirly colors.

Strawberry melon chia smoothie

It’s like the Tilt a Whirl!

As soon as it’s blended to your preference, pour into glasses and serve. It’s that easy.

Strawberry melon chia smoothie

Fruit is your friend.

Strawberry watermelon chia smoothie
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Recipe type: Beverage
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2
 
A vitamin C packed smoothie, rich in omega-3s, fiber and all the health benefits of chia seeds.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup seedless watermelon
  • 1 cup strawberries- stems removed and quartered
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseeds
  • 1 cup ice
Instructions
  1. Blend chia seeds, ground flaxseeds, watermelon, strawberries and ice in a blender until pureed and smooth.
  2. Serve immediately. Garnish with additional berries, if desired.
organic strawberries

Fresh Driscoll’s organic strawberries

 

Raspberry Peach Smoothie

peaches and raspberries

A very hairy berry.

It’s time to get your smoothie on. Nothing like a little fresh fruit and some protein to start the day with. If your mornings are a frazzled rush of getting the kids ready, tending the cats, dogs, and trying to find some time for yourself, well, it’s time to blend up a little sunshine! Shoot, smoothies are so easy, you’ll be handing one to everybody as they head out the door.

Raspberry peach smoothie

A great anytime treat.

It’s blenderizing time!

smoothie stuff

fruit, yogurt and ground flaxseeds

 You’ll need some yogurt. I am in love with the Fage Total 0% greek yogurt. It’s so flavorful, that you can’t tell it’s fat free. I also think that the thicker greek yogurt makes a better smoothie. You’ll also be using a couple of medium sized peaches, a cup of raspberries and a tablespoon of ground flaxseeds. Do yourself a favor and buy organic fruits. Peaches have some of the highest pesticide residues. Organic.org When you add ground flaxseeds to the smoothie, or any food, you’re giving yourself a boost of Omega-3s, antioxidants and fiber! Did you know that raspberries provide more than half your daily vitamin C requirements? You’ll be chasing the flu bug away with these little red gems.
Start by dumping the cup of ice into the blender. Add the cup of yogurt on top of that. Cut the peaches in half and discard the pit. Slice the peaches up and dump them in the blender. Don’t forget to add the raspberries and flaxseeds!
Smoothie blender

Don’t be looking here when you hit the power button!

Firmly, I repeat, firmly, attach the lid and hit blenderize. Or, is that smootherize? Blend everything together until it’s smooth. Pour into a couple of glasses and garnish with some fresh mint and additional berries. A warning though, that berry will sink to the bottom of your glass and get stuck on the straw. You can’t suck that thing up!

Raspberry peach smoothie

A yummy for your tummy treat.

Raspberry Peach Smoothie
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Recipe type: Beverage
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Total time: 
Serves: 2
 
A refreshing blend of peaches and raspberries. Packed with protein and Omega-3s.
Ingredients
  • 2 medium peaches, pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseeds
  • 1 cup ice
Instructions
  1. Blend yogurt, ground flaxseeds, peaches, raspberries and ice in a blender until pureed and smooth.
  2. Serve immediately. Garnish with mint and additional berries, if desired.